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Inscriptions now open for Patagonia Avalancha en el Volcán Pucón 2016
If you tick three of more of the following statements, then this is definitely the event of the year for you!!!
- You are an avid skier or snowboarder
- Your body doesn't mind being challenging to the extreme
- You love being part of something super fun with other likeminded peeps
- Your friends would say you definitely verge more on the crazy side of crazy!
The sixth version of Patagonia Avalancha en el Volcán is taking place this year between 12 & 20 September and inscriptions are now open! (Please note the exact date of the event depends on the weather conditions and will be confirmed closer to the time).
Sadly last year the volcano was still being monitored after the 2015 March 3 eruption so the event was put on hold until all restrictions were lifted. Villarrica volcano is behaving as it should right now so the event is scheduled for just a few weeks' time.
The idea is that you summit the 2847m peak with all your gear on your back, and then descend as fast as you possibly can on any route you see fit to take! Immense fun, definitely as a competitor but as a spectator too!
This international freeride can only be compared by the traditional Italian Caponi Dell'Etna race and unites skiers and snowboarders from Chile and across the world. There is no specific prepared piste, each competitor choses the route they like the look of the best. At one minute intervals participants hurtle themselves from the summit in a bid to cover the space between the crater and the ski cafeteria in the fastest time possible!
The backdrop over the Andes and the surrounding virgin forests is simply spectacular, but the views will be forgotten as soon as the descent begins and the spirit of the race takes over. The concept is simple: move fast and move safely.
As crazy as that sounds, the day is strictly organised and the various descent route options are monitored at all times. All participants ascend with qualified mountain guides who frequently take clients to the crater of the volcano. Each participant must carry their own safety equipment which will be checked on the day of the event by the organisers. Of course first aid and safety crews will be on the volcano at all times but as with all mountain sports, the decision to participate and assume all risks lie with each competitor.
For 2016 there are 80 places available only via prior inscription at avalanchaenelvolcan
Of those 80 places, 60 are for adults and 20 are for the mini avalancha competitors (11 to 17 years old). Places cost $ 80.000 each but if you sign up before 31 July there is a 50% discount.
In addition, the night before the race a base camp will be set up so competitors can overnight allowing for an evening of relax and fun where you can meet your guides and exchange your passion for the white stuff with other participants. For more information check out the Avalancha Facebook page here.
If you are intrigued by this live volcano but can't make the date for the Avalancha competition, feel free to drop Sol y Nieve a mail here to ask about options to get up there on the mountain. Meanwhile, check out our previous blogs here: Myth Busting Villarrica volcano ascent and a Behind the Scenes look at the one day ascent for more information.
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